[ yoo-keys, -keyz, yoo-keys, -keyz ]
/ yuˈkeɪs, -ˈkeɪz, ˈyu keɪs, -keɪz /


(in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.

Origin of ukase

1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ukase


/ (juːˈkeɪz) /


(in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
a rare word for edict

Word Origin for ukase

C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command
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Word Origin and History for ukase



1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Russian ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazati, from u-, intensive prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.

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